In addition to works of art to view and purchase, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts features performances by local vocalists and bands.
Emcee: Nancy Alexander
Nancy Alexander will emcee the upcoming Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Nancy will introduce live entertainers and provide information to festival-goers throughout the weekend.
Nancy is a well-known radio and TV personality in the Tampa Bay area. Her comedic, personality-driven franchise “Out There” on Fox 13 (WTVT) was routinely shared on Fox stations across the United States. She was a finalist for replacing Kathie Lee on Live! with Regis!, and has been the highest profile female radio personality in the market for nearly 30 years.
Saturday, March 3rd
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
William “Kolby” Stancil hails from Northern California, where he preformed with his band They Went Ghost for several years. as lead singer, Kolby preformed at some of California’s biggest venues including Bottle Rock Festival in Napa. They Went Ghost recorded two full-length albums and an EP, produced a music video for their song “Polar Bear”, and was featured on local radio stations and news channels. Now a resident of Tampa, FL, Kolby’s solo acoustic music has quickly earned fans with his eclectic mix of cover songs and originals. His music mainly consists of rock and reggae, resulting in a playlist that can be tailored to please any occasion, venue, or audience. In addition to guitar and vocals, Kolby can also play bass guitar and drums. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and photography.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mahray is voice, string, skin and wood in rhythm and time with lyrics written and sung by Jessie English and Edward Briones. Mahray music is image laden, dynamic music that’s high energy and contemplative. The bands instrumentation Ben Kennett on Trap set, Cameron Dorsey on electric bass, Jessie English on lead vocals and Edward Briones on Acoustic & Electric guitar and vocals. Mahray means the mother ray, the first ray of light that gave life to music and poetry. This music is played with gratitude from our heart of hearts to yours.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Acoustic guitarist, vocalist, and singer/songwriter. Clever and thoughtful lyrics dance playfully over her eclectic guitar playing. Natural talent flows freely through Danielle as she artfully engages her audience to feel the music while enjoying her songs. She puts her mark on all music she plays, be them originals or covers.
4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Patchouli and Terra Guitarra
Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects Terra Guitarra and Patchouli. Terra Guitarra is reviewed as “one of the top nuevo-flamenco groups in the world” by Zone Music Reporter. They have two top 5 internationally-charting albums including Firelight recently nominated “Best Instrumental Album of the Year 2015”. Public Radio favorite Patchouli features Julie’s sparkling lead vocals, beautiful duets and award winning compositions. The Chicago Tribune says the duo’s “songs about harmony & healing inspire the human spirit”. Performing fiery Spanish guitar pieces like “Malaguena” to the gorgeous vocal harmonies of “Sounds of Silence” this duo will inspire you to you dust off that old guitar and sing.
Sunday, March 4th
10:0 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Patchouli and Terra Guitarra
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Blackwater Brass is an Ocean Springs based 10 piece funk and jazz band. Blackwater Brass has been heavily influenced by New Orleans style funk mainstays like The Meters, Galactic, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, but regularly drops in hints from many genres across the spectrum from gospel to EDM as well as a mix of fun pop covers throughout a performance.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Serotonic is based on friendship and a sincere love for music. Formed in the Tampa Bay area in 2010, the five-piece group has rapidly progressed from a best-kept secret to a household name.
Serotonic’s unique approach to songwriting bridges the gap between conventional music and innovation. Elements of funk and jazz are prevalent, but the band’s inspiration comes from many genres. Diverse audiences are captivated by the band’s pocket grooves, catchy melodies, subtle dynamics, and savory harmonies. Serotonic values live performance as their most vital means of communication with listeners. You can find them at many of Florida’s favorite clubs and festivals.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kraig Kenning is an Americana/Fingerstyle/Blues singer-songwriter, and National Slide Guitar Champion from Chicago. Touring the past 20 years he has evoked comparisons to inspirations such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bruce Cockburn, Michael Hedges, Jackson Browne, and Leo Kottke. Kraig plays from the heart and his commitment equals the best in the business. He has opened for such greats as: Sonny Landreth, Mick Taylor, Charlie Daniels, Willy Porter, Pierre Bensusan. He has sold over 70,000 CDs from the stage as an independent recording artist. Kraig has performed at the Chicago Blues Fest for over 10 years. He also performs biannually as a featured artist at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.